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NIU VP takes leave of absence amid investigation

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

A top Northern Illinois University official has taken a leave of absence days after an FBI search of the campus police station.

A Friday statement from NIU says that chief of operations and executive vice president of finance and facilities, Eddie Williams, is taking the measure "in light of" the raid.

NIU President John Peters says Williams will go "until resolution of the investigation to avoid any appearance of conflict or any question concerning the university's response."

An FBI warrant for the police station includes a 21-point list of information being sought.

One section seeks communications between recently fired NIU police chief Donald Grady and Williams. NIU fired Grady last month, claiming he mishandled evidence.

Lawyers for both men say they've done nothing wrong.

The six-page warrant was released Friday by NIU to The Associated Press and other media under the Freedom of Information Act.

Most of the document seeks a wide array of police data, including operations manuals and dispatcher logs. It doesn't mention any allegations or describe the target of the investigation.

The action came weeks after a former NIU police officer was indicted on sexual assault charges and the police chief was fired.

In October, several NIU employees were indicted in an alleged scheme to sell university-owned scrap metal off the books.

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